Exertions Toward Futility
This election is certainly going to one for the historians - and the comedians! After reading this, it's become more of a farce in my mind than it was before!
A statewide recount of the presidential vote appears inevitable after a pair of third-party candidates said they have collected enough money to pay for it. The recount would be conducted after the election results are certified in early December.
AFTER the results are certified??? Pardon me for not applauding, but why the hell are we going through this if this isn't about reversing the fraudulent results of this farce of an election?
Libertarian Michael Badnarik and the Green Party's David Cobb said on Monday they raised more than $150,000 in four days, mostly in small contributions.
Ohio law requires payment of $10 per precinct for a recount, or $113,600 statewide. Carlo LoParo, spokesman for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, said the actual cost to county election boards combined will be about $1.5 million.
Badnarik and Cobb said they aren't trying to overturn President Bush's 136,000-vote victory in Ohio, but just want to ensure that all votes were counted properly in the face of concerns about Election Day irregularities. "Our bottom line is to stand up for the integrity of the voting process because the voting process is the heart of the democratic process," said Blair Bobier, spokesman for Cobb. Bobier said it will be worth the price to ensure the final outcome can be trusted.
I'm very apologetic, but I refuse to accept this as a valid solution. The consequences of certifying this vote total are monumental, and certifying votes that may later be thrown out in a recount is an outrage. The Democratic Party, latecomers to this affair, appear to agree with my position:
Democrats take up fight over ballots
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Seeming to brush aside John Kerry's concession speech, the Ohio Democratic Party has launched a federal court fight over nearly 155,000 provisional ballots by contending a proper accounting of those votes might decide who really won. "Given the closeness of the presidential and other elections," Ohio's provisional ballots "may prove determinative of the outcome," Democrats argue in a legal filing made public Wednesday by the U.S. District Court.
The lawsuit asked U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson to order Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to impose uniform standards for counting provisional votes on all 88 counties. Democrats want the judge to take action quickly - before the results of the election are certified.
The certification of the votes would nullify any challenge that Badnarik and Cobb could then raise. Are we going to have another bullet to hand to Antonin Scalia when someone raises the issue of the 2000 Florida vote count again? Are we going to have another reason to hear Tittering Tony snicker 'Get over it'?
I had some hope once these two fringe parties on opposite ends of the spectrum decided to get into this even though they weren't going to benefit from the results. BUT NO! They are passively allowing GOP party hack Ken Blackwell to decide how he was going to thwart their efforts.
Just when you think something is going right, they pull the rug out from under you and leave you lying on the bare floor!
It's always somethin'!
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